Post Thanksgiving Buttermilk Waffles {made w/dressing!}


I have a massive amount of dressing leftover from Thanksgiving as the recipe I made serves about 12. I think between my dad and myself we maybe ate 1 serving on Thanksgiving day. I’m not one to throw out leftovers. I need to share them or eat them. I’ve given one of my friends and…

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats


It’s been hot here in Southern California considering it’s nearly the end of October. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast on a hot California morning is a nice cool jar of overnight oats. I think we can all agree that peanut butter and banana are pretty amazing together. This is probably the…

Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies


The other day I was at Smart n Final and boxed cake mix was on uber sale. I do not make box-mix anything. However, I recently figured out you can add box cake mix to regular recipes to get that “cake batter” flavor that Cold Stone Creamery introduced to us so many years ago. I…

Funfetti Layer Cake with Cake Batter Frosting


My awesome coworker Kira got married last weekend. For her wedding “gift” I wanted to make her a cake. I planned on making her a white cake with white frosting and doing all these cute white decorations. You know. Very wedding-like, right? Then I talked to her direct coworker who informed me that Kira had…

Cake Batter Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies


I’m in the process of making a funfetti cake for my coworker. She just got married and my gift to her is a cake. It’s my gift to everyone else too, I guess. I decided I wanted to pair a “cake batter” frosting with the funfetti cake. And then my mind began wondering to cake…

Red Velvet Funfetti Seven Layer Bars


I am a red velvet lover. I love anything red velvet. I also happen to love seven layer bars. I adore them. So when I came across a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction for seven layer bars made with a red velvet base I decided I must try it immediately because seriously – why hadn’t I…

Spinach and Rice Casserole {lower carb}


After the success I had a few weeks ago with making a broccoli rice cheese casserole substituting most of the rice for cauliflower rice, I decided to find additional casserole recipes to make “healthier” by adding cauliflower rice. There are probably not surprisingly a ton of options out there. I decided to try to go…

{lower carb} Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole


I guess you could say I’m a little bit obsessed with cauliflower rice recently. I keep thinking of ways I can sneak it into dishes as a substitute for regular rice. So I got to thinking about the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole dish my mom makes and the millions of variations of the dish…

Southwest Chicken Pizza Rolls {low -carb}


I used to be a bit judgmental about people who ate low-carb. I thought they were weird. Sad. Obsessive. Crazy. Crazy because who doesn’t want to stuff themselves full of carbs??? But now that I eat mostly low carb I get it. You lose weight when you turn to a low-carb lifestyle. Your stomach feels…

Low-Carb Pancakes


A few weeks ago I bought a low-carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill thinking it would be a disappointment. The terms “low-carb” and “pancakes” have never really jived with me. I’d always assumed if you ate a low-carb lifestyle you were destined for a life of eggs, bacon, cheese, red meat and high cholesterol. I…

Fat Head Pepperoni Pizza


I have been wanting to try the recipe for Fathead Pizza for a long time. Basically since I realized you can lose weight eating a high fat diet. I mean who doesn’t want to be able to eat pizza while on a “diet”? While I messed up considerably on the crust by putting too much cream cheese…

Cauliflower Fried Rice {with ahi tuna}


  The first time I tried substituting “cauliflower” for rice in an Asian dish, I liked it enough but didn’t love it. There was something about the texture that didn’t thrill me. It was a great substitute and a great way to make a dish healthier but it was missing something. About a week or…

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


We are wrapping up the end of the year at work. Normally our organization hosts an end-of the year party with our president flying in to the various cities from her corporate office. This past year our organization quadrupled in size making the various holiday parties impossible for her to attend. In lieu of our normal…

Salted Butterscotch Blondies


Most years on the day after Thanksgiving I will do one of a handful of things: Black Friday shopping (on-line, people -not in the stores!), nab a Christmas tree and decorate the tree and/or my place or spend the entire day baking Christmas cookies. To be honest, it’s been a few years since I spent…

Sweet Potato Cookie Dough Bites


I said to my coworkers the other day that I’m so obsessed with making “cookie dough” bites that I would like to turn them into a food movement. Like cupcakes became a movement. Or food trucks. I will talk about cookie dough bites with anyone who will listen. Luckily my coworkers humor my talk and…

Pumpkin Superfood Cookie Dough Bites


I love the fall. It’s my favorite time of year; it always has been. Here in Southern California you don’t necessarily know it’s fall by the weather, though this year has started out way more fall-like than it did last year (it was in the 80’s through Thanksgiving last year – this may not sound…

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl


The first time I had an Acai Bowl was, embarrassing, not that long ago.It was when I moved back to California (two years ago) at Acai King in Huntington Beach. I chose the peanut butter banana flavor and watched him scoop a humongous portion of peanut butter into the already prepared Acai mix. It was…

“Cookie Dough” Protein Bites


Over a year ago I bought the cookbook Superfood Snacks by Julie Morris. I somehow stumbled upon this gem of a cook book (Amazon suggestions, I believe) and this book has changed my life. In the year plus since I bought this cookbook, I’ve become obsessed with trying to sneak superfoods into my meals. Julie’s…

Red Velvet Cookie Dough Bites


I was searching for a recipe for “red velvet oatmeal” when I came across a blog for Red Velvet Energy Bites at Namely Marly that got me intrigued. I’m a sucker for red velvet anything so I thought I would try to recreate the energy bites myself. I always like to source recipes and make…

Salted Caramel Squares


OMG. OMG. OMG. Why haven’t I tried this recipe sooner? I was sifting through a stack of recipes sent to me by my grandma when I came across this beauty. Let’s face it, salted caramel anything sounds amazing but how about caramel made with golden syrup? I don’t think I’ve seen a recipe outside of…